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Seven high school seniors received awards for excellence in art at the opening of the Parrish Art Museum’s fourth annual High School Exhibition and Competition on Saturday, March 15.

The winners were Ryan Couture of Westhampton Beach High School for painting; Hai Duong of East Hampton High School for drawing and printmaking; Kara Wehunt of Riverhead High School for sculpture; Cassandra Lam of Ward Melville High School for graphic design; Chris Gawiak of Patchogue-Medford High School for computer graphics; Lauren Grucci from Bellport High School for photography; and Courtney Italia from Mattituck High School for mixed media.

Each of the students received a $200 cash prize in addition to $100 savings bonds donated by Bridgehampton National Bank, one of the exhibition’s principal sponsors.

Several students received honorable mentions in each of the categories, including Qendrim Hoti from Southampton High School and Claire Lucido from the Ross School for painting; Bailey macdonald from Southampton High School for sculpture; Kate Krabel from Ward Melville High School for graphic design; Jennifer DeMory and Linda Margos, both from Longwood High School, and Brittany Melton from William Floyd High School for drawing and printmaking; Chelsea Berger from the Ross School, David Cooke from Centereach High School and Saverio Governale from Ward Melville High School for photography; and Christine Jaeger from Bellport High School and Stephanie Allen from Pierson High School in Sag Harbor for mixed media.

The fourth annual High School Exhibition and Competition will be on view through March 30 at the Parrish. The exhibition showcases the work of high school students from public and private schools in the townships of Brookhaven, East Hampton, Riverhead, Southampton, and Southold, and pays tribute to the art teachers who have encouraged and inspired the young artists. There are approximately 20 participating high schools in this year’s show and nearly 600 works on view.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton Village. Museum hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For additional information, visit the museum’s website at parrishart.org or call 631-283-2118.

The museum’s fourth annual High School Exhibition and Competition and related educational programs are made possible, in part, by taxpayers from the Southampton School District and the Tuckahoe School District, Bridgehampton National Bank, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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